Sergei Yushenkov, the chairman of the Duma’s defense committee, told Russian television June 19 that he believed the Russian army would ultimately number 1-1.2 million men. This represents a reduction of at least 500,000 from current levels. In other remarks, Yushenko complained that the army was out of control: “there is no control by the state or by the society or by anyone else,” he said. Moreover, Yushenkov repeated his earlier charges that if Yeltsin has formed a group to promote military reform, he has kept that group’s activities a secret even to members of the Russian parliament.
Duma Wants Greater Say on CIS Relations.